NYT: Nanny Mayor Goes Too Far

No smoking at the crossroads of the world? The vortex of tourism that brings smokers and nonsmokers in great numbers? The site of the world’s most famous New Year’s Eve party, where who knows what goes on? All of this takes the mayor’s nannying too far, even for those of us who want to avoid the hazards of secondhand smoke.

Full article on Mayor Bloomberg’s over-the-top campaign against cigarette smoking.

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  1. Ken says:

    Too much nanny state for the New York Times? That’s saying something.

  2. Devon Herrick says:

    Banning smoking on the beach is definitely akin to prohibition considering it would be hard to consider second-hand smoke a hazard when it’s out in the open air.

  3. Neil H. says:

    Wht is Bloomberg’s problem? He seems to have this insatiable desire to regulate everyone’s life.

  4. Linda Gorman says:

    Banning smoking is easier than actually doing something like clearing snow.

  5. Brian Williams. says:

    On the contrary, perhaps Mayor Bloomberg should pass out free cigarettes as part of an overall strategy to save Social Security.

  6. Virginia says:

    Of all of the infringements that libertarians should be in arms about, smoking bans one of the most common. But, I also have the hardest time arguing against them. It’s such a disgusting habit that I have a hard time getting past that and into the civil liberties aspect of it.